Dr. Raychl Smith is associate professor of music education at East Carolina University. Dr. Smith has previously served as program coordinator and assistant professor of music education at Minnesota State University Moorhead and instructor of music education at Elon University. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, she taught in the public schools of North Carolina as an elementary general music teacher, elementary choral director and middle school band director. She has presented research at state, national and international conferences on popular music education, informal music learning, modern band, culturally responsive teaching, the mental health needs of music educators, creative motion pedagogy, and music education and social justice. Dr. Smith is a Modern Band Fellow and a recipient of the North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award.